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The Reception of the Hippocratic Treatise On Glands

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This chapter outlines some parallels and suggests reasons for the apparent failure in the Early Modern period to recognise the insights contained in On Glands. Discussion of authorship has been much influenced by the disparaging and dismissive judgment of Galen that On Glands falls far short of true Hippocratic writings in 'expression and thought' and is the work of 'one of the later Hippocratics'. Ancient anatomical knowledge, including knowledge of glands and the lymphatic system, undoubtedly depended on comparative anatomy. On Glands has a place in the translation of Marcus Fabius Calvus (1525) and in all the early complete collections of Hippocratic texts, those of Janus Cornarius (1538) and Anutius Foesius (1595; cf. Oeconomia, 1588) being particularly influential. Alongside William Harvey's great work on the circulation of the blood (1628) stands the work of Gaspare Aselli (born Cremona, died Milan; 1581-1625), published posthumously in 1627.

Keywords:ancient anatomical knowledge; Aselli; authorship; comparative anatomy; Early Modern period; Galen; Hippocratic treatise; lymphatic system; On Glands



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